Flight Training China – Sunrise Aviation Poised to Train Chinese Pilots

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Patrick Murphy Flight Training China

Patrick Murphy, Director of Training for Sunrise Aviation, recently returned from a two week trip to China. During that trip, Murphy visited and talked to high school students at two different locations. Murphy made presentations to nearly 1200 students approaching high school graduation.

Schools visited in China during this trip where presentations were made included Guangdong Bowen International School in Zhongshan and Sino-Canada High School near Shanghai. An additional visit was made to Zhuhai No. 3 Middle School where presentations to the students may be made at a later date.


Sunrise Aviation and Zhuhai Yi Aviation Co. Ltd. have developed an innovative 4 year flight training program for Chinese high school graduates that will include intensive English language instruction, a four year bachelor’s degree, all pilot ratings including multi-engine commercial pilot and flight instructor, and an internship as a flight instructor. Chinese flight training students will be enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Sunrise Aviation is the flight exclusive training vendor for Florida State College at Jacksonville where they operate a satellite base for pilot training.

First 3 Students for Florida State College at Jacksonville

The first Chinese flight training students are expected to arrive in Jacksonville, Florida early in August 2013. Sunrise Aviation already has three Chinese students enrolled in pilot training courses at their Ormond Beach, Florida main base of operations.

Zhuhai Yi Aviation Co. Ltd. (Yi) has its main office in Zhuhai.  Yi not only places students for pilot training in the USA but also performs selection and preparation prior to the arrival of the students in the USA and helps students with obtaining Chinese pilot certification and finding pilot jobs upon return to China.  Sponsorships may also be available to Chinese students.


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Sunrise Aviation has been in business in Florida since 1983. They own more than 50 aircraft used for flight instruction and aircraft rental. A sister company does charter flights in a Piper Chieftain and KingAir B100. Students from around the world come to Sunrise Aviation to complete their pilot training. Besides China, recent students have arrived from Brazil, Panama, Colombia, Bahamas, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, and India. Sunrise Aviation is approved as a Pilot School by the Federal Aviation Administration and approved to accept foreign students by the US Department of Homeland Security.

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